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N.Y. MTA taps new head of security

Accessibility| January 11, 2011
Douglas Zeigler, a 37-year veteran of the New York City Police Department, will oversee security for the MTA, including coordinating MTA security efforts with the Department of Homeland Security; FBI; the National Guard; the NYPD and State Police, and the MTA Police Department.

Chicago's Metra rolls out ‘quiet cars’

Rail| January 11, 2011
Began testing of the “quiet car” concept on Monday, on the first and last cars on the Rock Island rail line. Rules include: No cell phone calls, conversations must be in subdued voices, and electronic devices must be silenced.
Rail| January 11, 2011

FTA extends NJ Transit repayment deadline

Gov. Christie cancelled the ARC commuter tunnel after projections showed the project could go at least $1 billion over its $8.7 billion budget. The new deadline is Jan. 18, 2011.
Rail| January 11, 2011

Report identifies high-speed rail corridors with greatest ridership potential

Corridors connecting populous regions with large job centers, rail transit networks, and existing air markets were found to have the greatest potential to attract ridership.
Bus| January 10, 2011

Toronto, Edmonton launch text notification systems

Both systems are customizable and free of charge, with standard text messaging rates still applying.
Rail| January 10, 2011

Bombardier wins Houston airport people mover contract

The entire elevated dual-lane system at George Bush Intercontinental serves four stations (Terminals A, B, C and D/E) and operates with a fleet of 16 Innovia APM 100 vehicles (formerly known as CX-100) and Bombardier Cityflo automatic train control technology.
Rail| January 10, 2011

Quiet cars cause conflict in New Jersey

Passengers debate whether any talking at all should be allowed in the cars. One rider requested that the conductor disable the automated announcements and his work radio, saying it created “unnecessary noise.”
Rail| January 10, 2011

Gannett Fleming names transit, rail unit president

Names Michael T. McNamara, P.E., president of Gannett Fleming Transit & Rail Systems, a division specializing in transit and railroad track, signal, communication, and electric traction design. He previously served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of the division.
Rail| January 10, 2011

Alstom equips Luxembourg with $17M signaling system

Will install 19 locomotives and 22 double-deck electric multiple units in the Luxembourg Railways fleet with its Atlas ERTMS solution. The newly equipped trains will be put into service in 2012.
University| January 10, 2011

Michigan State U. adds Zipcar service

The University has partnered with Zipcar to offer students, staff and faculty use of six rental cars; three are hybrids.

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